Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week returns to our shores in just over 3 weeks time and with the event fast approaching official clothing supplier to the event, Musto has taken the opportunity to pay tribute to the faces behind the world famous regatta; the organisers and participants who together make the Regatta what it is year after year.
Sonia Mayes (pictured left) is Deputy Chairman of The Protest Committee at this year’s event. Sonia may be strict when it comes to the rules of the regatta, but looks forward to the unique excitement of the competition each year. Sonia’s favourite memory of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week was a mass protest of 25 people. She looks forward to seeing old friends, and being part of the buzz for another successful year.
Regatta director, Phil Hagen, loves seeing the large number of people out racing on the Solent during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week which can be up to 8,000 individual sailors. He said:
“At the end of the day when all of the racers come back in and have had a good day out on the water it’s so rewarding. Each day we set off 37 class races, some classes have several races, which can mean 39 starts in a day. Each class averages 10 mark roundings per race, that’s close to 400 mark roundings happening simultaneously on the water – it’s a hell of an organisational feat”.
Line Officer Tod Taylor, plays a huge role in ensuring all competition runs smoothly and fairly during the regatta. He is looking forward to The Friday Night Spectacular which he watches from his house in East Cowes. Tod says:
“The Typhoons, Red Arrows and Fireworks make the most fantastic noise. It’s a special evening”.
Brother and sister, Will and Sophie Heritage can’t wait to compete at this year’s event with Will currently holding the Under-25 Skipper trophy. Will is most looking forward to competing with his father on an array of challenging courses. His sister Sophie is competing in her X-boat, ‘Myrtle’ and excited to be turning 18 and finally able to party at this year’s regatta.
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2016 is a huge breeding ground for young sailing talent and triplets Tom, Charlie and Harry (all 15) will be racing their Squib at this years Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes week.
They look forward to the opportunity to race in a different part of Solent as “it’s a great opportunity to learn from the other competitors”.